Homegrown, a runway show and artisan market, brought the Manteo and surrounding Outer Banks community together on Friday, June 11. From vibrantly colored paintings, to handmade jewelry and intricate crochet pieces, local designers showcased their work in tents sprawled across the lawn of the Dare County Head Start Center.
Despite a torrential downpour, the fashion show went on. Spectators gathered under a large white tent as puddles formed alongside the runway. Featuring live music from local band Zack Mexico and artists Holden McOwen and Tshombe Selby, locals modeled the work of designers from all across the Outer Banks.
People of all ages strode across the stage, sporting clothing designs from Mom’s Sweet Shop, KIIIND, Wescott, Local As It Gets, Ruckus, CCM Workshop, Made by Jinx, Amiligoisili and Indecent Supply Company. “Now how’s that for Homegrown fashion?” Evan Tillett, the event’s MC, asked the crowd after the fashion show ended.
With skateboard tricks from Ruckus and a fire show from Panda Daniels, spectators watched in awe as they performed over the slippery runway.